Drew graduated from Rutgers University’s Mason Gross School of the Arts in May of
2021, majoring in music with a concentration in jazz drumming. At Mason Gross, he
studied with the legendary drummers Victor Lewis and Robby Ameen, who have collectively
played with so many other legendary musicians including Paul Simon, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz,
Dexter Gordon, Dizzy Gillespie, Eddie Palmieri and Mark Anthony just to name a few. Drew
was also in combos, improv classes, piano classes, jazz history classes and advanced theory, ear
training and composition and arrangement classes taught by other jazz greats who have played
with Buddy Rich, The Mingus Big Band and on the Tonight Show. Here he didn’t just become a
better drummer, he became a better musician and truly learned how to make every artist he
played with sound better. “It’s not the notes you play, it’s the notes you don’t play” - Miles Davis.
During his time at Mason Gross, Drew also went on his very first tours with both his
heavy metal band and his reggae band and still plays with these artists today. Being an open
minded and multifaceted musician is something that Drew takes a lot of pride in and is
something that he encourages in all of his students. He believes that all musicians have
something to learn from each other, no matter what instrument they play. Drew also believes that
playing with bands, ensembles and other artists is one of the most important things musicians can
do, especially at a younger age.
Drew is also well acquainted with modern technology and produces his own music. He plans to use some of this music for film and gaming soon in his career and is more than happy to share his composition and production skills with his drum
students, afterall we are all musicians.
Drew’s main drive to teach is to ignite the spark in anyone who has a passion for music and to keep the passion for music alive. Obviously with age comes some change but his burning passion for music has only gotten stronger and still has idols like Chris Coleman, Matt Garstka, Justin Tyson and Carter McLean just to name a few.
Raised in Clinton, New Jersey, Drew started playing the drums at the age of eight
aspiring to emulate the sounds of Tito Puente and Alex Van Halen. Shortly after, he started
taking drum and guitar lessons and became a percussionist in the school band. Drew attended
North Hunterdon High School, where he helped lead the percussion sections in the school band,
wind ensemble and marching band and was looked up to as a role model by his peers. He also
played drums and guitar in multiple local metal and punk bands at this time, however, still
played other genres such as jazz, latin, reggae, R&B and hip hop. Some of his favorite drummers
at this time were Thomas Pridgen, Joey Jordeson, Travis Barker and Luke Holland.